Adventure Race race 9:16:19  64.13 mi (8:40 / mi) +588m 8:26 / mi
Michigan Adventure Racing: Ludington 12 hr
Raced as a 4 person team (Topo the Mountain) with KFish, W4J and Andy Brown. Started with a bus ride to the start which was pretty cool, this was my first linear AR. First section was a point to point trek with some tricky navigation. Everyone started out in a big pack, but by the 3rd control only the top 6-7 teams were still going back and forth. We were with other teams for the majority of this trek, which isn't my favorite, but it was fine. No errors, got lucky with one when Andy spotted the flag as I was just stopping to study the map.
Got to the TA where they had dropped all the bikes. All ~150 bikes were laying upside down in a field and we had to find ours...only took a few frantic minutes. Headed out to grab one CP on our way to the paddle put in. After punching CP9 we took the southern route, which turned out to be quite a bit slower than going north. Oh well. Our way was more fun. Went back and forth with MRA on this section. They would miss a turn, we'd go the right way and a few minutes later they would pass us again.
At the paddle put-in we were given the location of 2 additional paddle points. Went a short ways upstream to grab those 2 and then the bulk of the paddle was downstream to the next TA with just 1 more point along the way. Paddling downstream with a tailwind was quite nice.
Next section was a longer bike back to the park with 2 sections of singletrack. Large sections were pavement with a strong tailwind and we were flying. W4J did a great job out front. Hit the first section of single track and we were just told there were 2 flags in there somewhere. The first was near the entrance and it sounded like the trail would be easy to follow, so we just zoomed off along the blue marked bike trail. Turned out there were a few different colored loops. We did the wrong one twice, then a hiking trail? before finally figuring out the loop thing. So frustrating. Should've stopped to look at a posted map earlier, that was my fault. Only complaint was lack of instruction here - without a map of the trails it would have been nice if we had been told which color trails to ride. Headed to the next section of single track which had 2 CPs. Stopped to look at the map this time. Hit the first one and then Andy got a flat... stopped to fix it and his spare tube also had a hole... I gave him my tube which worked. Whew. Somehow during this process his disk brake bent, so it was clicking for the rest of the bike. Luckily we just had a short section of single track to finish and a quick bike into the park.
Last section was a score-o style foot section. Points made a nice loop so it was just deciding which direction to go. I picked CW to do most of the off trail points on the way out and then have an easy trail run on the way back. Navigation was smooth throughout, saw Mr. W's team about half way through so we pushed it in on the way back.
Overall, our transition times were awesome. Navigation was pretty solid. I did a great job eating/drinking, I've never felt so good during/after a race. Looking at our time we lost 15? min taking the southern bike route, 20 min at the singletrack and another 20 min for the bike mechanical...so considering all that we could've been about an hour faster, which is pretty awesome. Just wasn't our day. One day we will have the perfect race :)
Finished 6th overall. 3rd 3-4 person co-ed.